- Ephemera is available here on Ravelry and from Willow Yarns. The version available here has been updated and re-written to reflect the use of different size cakes.
I am a sucker for yarns that look awesome before I knit with them, which is probably true for all of us yarn collectors. I especially love long repeat, color changing yarns that are packaged as a cake. That way I can look at the top and see exactly how the colors flow from one to the next. I designed Ephemera so that along one side of the shawl the color progression from your yarn cake is preserved with the different colors forming stripes of decreasing width. On the other side, color-blocking interrupts the yarn’s natural color progression to create a shawl with a symmetrical shape but asymmetrical patterning.
You’ll need two cakes of either Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rifton or Caron Cakes to knit the large size of the shawl, but just one cake can be used to whip up a smaller shawl with fewer sections. If you have the perfect single skein of long repeat yarn in your collection, and would like to make the large size shawl, use your long repeat yarn for the odd numbered sections and substitute a second yarn for the even numbered, color block sections. I’ve included a planning diagram if you’d like to map out any color modifications.
600 yrds (small) or 1200yrds (large) of fingering weight color shifting yarn
Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rifton in Appalachian Trail
600yrds/549m – 6.49oz/184g
2 US 4/3.5mm circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge. (60” and 32”)
2 stitch markers
20 sts x 40 rows over 4” in garter stitch
63.5” x 20.5” large
47” x 14” small
383 yrds (small) or 766 (large) of worsted weight color shifting yarn
Caron Cakes in Key Lime
383yrds/350m – 7.05oz/200g
2 US8/5mm circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge (60” and 32”)
2 stitch markers
18 sts x 36 rows over 4” in garter stitch
64” x 26” large
44” x 19” small